Soon after the Islamabad High Court, on Wednesday, allowed the Indian woman Uzma to return from Pakistan, her brother Wasim thanked the government, especially Minister of External Affairs (MEA) Sushma Swaraj for her support to bring back her sister safely. Speaking to ANI, Wasim said, “Sarkar ne humaari ummeed se badh kar madad kari hai.Sushma ji ne bhi hume bula kar tasalli di thi (The government has done for us more than expected. Sushma Swaraj called us and personally gave assurance.)
“We are very happy that my sister would be soon coming back to India. On our one request, Sushma Swaraj did what seemed impossible to us,” he added. “The Indian Embassy in Pakistan kept my sister as own child. They would phone us to keep abreast of latest developments of the case,” ANI quoted Wasim saying.
The Indian woman was stuck in Pakistan and was forcefully married to a Pakistani national at gun-point. MEA Swaraj assured that the External Affair Ministry is coordinating with Pakistan for the safe return of Uzma. “India is coordinating with the Pakistan Foreign Office for the safe return of a woman who has alleged that she was sedated, tortured and forced to sign a nikah nama at gunpoint in Pakistan,” PTI quoted the External Affairs Ministry saying.
It was being reported that Wasim had met Swaraj and sought government’s help in rescuing his sister at the earliest. He also informed that Uzma sought shelter at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad on May 5 and as per legal procedures she had recorded her statement in the court of judicial magistrate in Islamabad.
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Uzma, who hails from New Delhi, had travelled to the neighbouring country earlier this month. As per her statement, a Pakistani national named Tahir Ali forced her to marry him at gun point. As per a report by Dawn newspaper, the Pakistan HC assured Uzma that she was free to return back to her country at any point and stated that she would be escorted to the Wagah Border by the police. Uzma had also alleged that her passport and other travel documents were stolen by Ali.
As per PTI, both Uzma and Ali met in Malaysia and fell in love, after which she travelled to Pakistan on May 1 via Wagah Border. Their ‘nikah’ was solemnised on May 3.